Submit an Article

Submissions should be sent to David Lowe.

Guidelines to submitting an article

We are looking for two kinds of articles for Australian Policy & History: short opinion-style pieces; and longer, more traditional style academic papers. Both are to be written in clear, concise text appropriate for a non-academic audience. The emphasis should be on policy relevance, with a clear focus on what can be learned from history for policy makers.

1. For opinion pieces, these can be between 500-1000 words written in a newspaper-style that is short, sharp, engaging and to the point.

2. For APH papers, we would like the following:-

  • Between 2,000 — 4,000 words
  • Short succinct paragraphs with sub-headings if necessary
  • No footnotes but a short reading list at the end
  • An executive summary [or abstract] at the beginning of the article explaining the major points [using bullet points]

Editorial process

Editing a new article and preparing it for publication usually takes a fortnight (though some APH Papers may take slightly longer).

  • We welcome contributions from historians of all periods and themes. We aim to address policy significance in a distinctly Australian setting, but through historical research spanning both Australian and overseas subjects.
  • You don’t have to be based in a higher education institution or have completed a doctorate in order to contribute to Australian Policy & History, but your article must be deemed by the editorial team to be of professional standard within the discipline of history.
  • We accept proposals for new articles at any time and also approach historians directly for contributions.
  • We aren’t prescriptive about what themes should be addressed, provided the current policy relevance is clear and the historical content is of a high quality.
  • We aim to publish new articles to coincide with current and emerging policy issues, so please allow us as much notice as possible of your intention to submit a draft.

For further advice, please contact David Lowe.

By submitting an article you are agreeing to the Contributor’s agreement.